Wet grounds force boys sectional back a week
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
May 08, 2013 12:59 AM | 671 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After disrupting much of the golf season with cold weather, more inclement weather — in this case, rain — forced many of the state’s sectionals to be delayed.

Etowah, competing in the boys Class AAAAAA sectional at Brookfield Country Club in Roswell, was among those affected. The Eagles were schedule to tee off at 10 a.m. Monday, but with four holes under water, the course was deemed unplayable late Sunday night.

The sectional has been moved to next Monday, with a 2 p.m. shotgun start. The later tee time and shotgun start should help the teams from south Georgia, which traveled north last weekend and stayed in hotels, only to go home without even seeing the course. Now, those teams will be able to travel the morning of the event.

Still, in many ways, the advantage lies with the teams in the northern part of the state. Not only won’t they be traveling as far, but some of them — like Etowah — will be able to get in an extra practice round at Brookfield.

Etowah coach Phil Dutko said his team will be practicing this week, both at Eagle Watch Golf Club, its home course in Towne Lake, and at Brookfield.

“I think it gives us a little advantage,” he said. “For any of the northern teams that get another chance to play the course, there is an advantage.”

There are 14 teams scheduled to compete for eight positions in the state championship, set for May 20 in Tifton.

Currently there is no rain in the forecast for Monday.

“The weather is supposed to be great. The course should be in great shape,” Dutko said. “We are just looking forward to seeing who qualifies and moves on to state.”
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